MINIBRIDGE: The Rules
These rules assume a knowledge of the mechanics of bridge

Two pairs play as in partnership whist.

1. Bidding and Playing

The cards are dealt as in regular bridge with 13 cards per 
player.

The players count their points (A=4, K=3, Q=2, J=1) and 
announce in turn their point count.

The partnership that together holds the most points will play 
the hand (in the case where both pairs hold 20 points, the 
cards should be redealt). The partner with the most points of 
the two will become the delcarer.

The declarer's partner becomes the dummy and displays the 
dummy's cards at once, after which the declarer determines:

   a. Whether to play in a trump contract or a no trump 
   contract (is there an 8-card fit?)

   b. Whether to be in game (25 or more points) or to go for 
   a partscore (fewer than 25 points).
      - if not in game, declarer will have to take at least 
        seven tricks
      - if in game in notrump, declare will have to take at 
        least nine tricks
      - if in game with hearts or spades as trump, declarer 
        will have to take at least 10 tricks
      - if in game with clubs or diamonds as trump, declarer 
        will have to take at least 11 tricks

Then declarer's LHO will lead, after which the procedure is 
the same as in regular bridge.


*** Note - There are Two Methods of scoring described below. 
Method A was devised by Yvan Calame and I agree it reflects actual bridge
 scoring more closely. Method B is the one described in the ACBL Official
 Mini-Bridge material. You choose! ***

2. SCORING (Method A)

One will earn:
 
 A) If the required minimum of tricks is reached:
     A1: 50 points
     A2: When trump is club or diamond: 20 points per trick made after the 6th.
         When trump is spade or heart: 30 points per trick made after the 6th.
         At No-trump: 10 points + 30 points per trick made after the 6th.
    A3: When game is bid and made, the playing side will receive an
         extra 250 points. Bidding game is lucrative, yet riskier!
 
 B) If the required minimum of tricks is not reached:
    - Any down trick costs 50 points for each trick
 
 
 Examples:
 
 Trump, no game:
 - Clubs or Diamonds are trump, eight tricks will yield 50+(8-6)x20=90 points
 - Hearts or Spades are trump, eight tricks will yield 50+(8-6)x30=110 points
 - With only five tricks (two short of the minimum seven), it 
  will cost 2X50=100 points to the defenders.
 
 Notrump, no game
 - Notrump, eight tricks will yield 50+10+(8-6)x30=120 points.
 - Notrump, nine tricks will yield 50+10+(9-6)x30=150 points.
 
 Notrump, game
 - nine tricks will yield 50+10+(9-6)x30+250=400 points
 
 Trump, game
 - Hearts are trump, 10 tricks will yield 50+(10-6)x30+250=420 points.
 - Clubs are trump, 11 tricks will yield  50+(11-6)x20+250=400 points


2. SCORING (Method B)

One can earn:

   - 10 points per trick when the required minimum of tricks 
     is reached
   - a 10 point bonus when a notrump contract is played
   - a 5 point bonus when a heart/spade trump contract is 
     played
   - a 10 point deduction when a club/diamond trump contract
     is played
   - Any down truck costs 50 points for each trick
   - When game is bid and made, the playing side will receive 
     an extra 300 points Bidding game is lucrative, yet 
     riskier!

Examples

Trump, no game:
Diamonds are trump, eight tricks will yield 8X10-10=70 points
Hearts are trump, eight tricks will yield 8X10+5=85 points
With only five tricks (two short of the minimum seven), it 
will cost 2X50=100 points to the defenders.

Notrump, no game
Notrump, eight tricks will yield 8X10+10=90 points
Notrump, nine tricks will yield 9X10+10=100 points

Notrump, game
Notrump, nine tricks will yield 9X10+10+300=400 points

Trump, game
Hearts are trump, 10 tricks will yield 10X10+5+300=405 points
Clubs are trump, 11 tricks will yield 11X10-10+300=400 points

This item from Mickey Beutick-Warren and the ACBL Education 
Department.

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